A Troublesome Passage in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics iii 5

Ancient Philosophy 20 (1):99-107 (2000)
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Pace much of the literature, I argue that Aristotle endorses what I call the ‘strong link thesis’: the claim that virtuous and vicious acts are voluntary just in case the character states from which they flow are voluntary. I trace the strong link thesis to Plato’s Laws, among other texts, and show how it functions in key arguments of both philosophers.

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Walter Ott
University of Virginia


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